If you run a wood fuel fire or have a lot of trees to maintain in your garden, an electric log splitter will make your work a lot easier!
After extensive research, we put together a list of the best electric log splitters available in 2018. Scroll down to find the reviews!
Last update on 2018-04-24 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API
What Size Log Splitter Do I Need?
Most splitters are measured in tonnes, the higher the weight, the easier it will split logs. For most farms and homesteads, they range for 4 tons – 10 tons. The rating will not only limit the size of logs you can cut, but also the type of wood that you are dealing with.
Another reason you might want to purchase an electric splitter with a higher weight rating, is that you deal mostly with wet wood as opposed to dry.
Wet wood still has much of it’s strength from when felled, meaning it will take much more force to split it apart. Dry wood in contrast, is much more brittle and will sheer with relatively little force required. This is why dry logs are so easy to chop by hand for your log burner!
Electric Log Splitter Reviews
Our team of reviewers got to grips with 5 of the best electric log splitters on the market today. Here are their findings.
The Boss Industrial ES7T20 Review
The Boss is a really nice, industrial grade log splitter that really does pack a punch. It’s rated at 7 ton which is more than enough for cutting recently felled wet wood.
The really great thing about this log splitter is the one handed operation of the machine. You can actually split your logs with one hand that’s how easy it is to use.
As for the power it produces in everyday work, it’s pretty good and splits most wood, even dense woods such as Elm can be split pretty easy using the Boss Industrial.
We think this electric log splitter will make the perfect choice if you who have a considerable number of trees to maintain, or need something decent for creating log fuel.
TR Industrial TR89130 Review
The TR Industrial TR89130 is a great value cutter seeing as it is rated for 5 tons. It comes with its own stand for splitting wood and can split logs up to 12 inches in diameter.
It doesn’t have the one handed operation of the Boss Industrial, yet it does have it’s own wheeled stand, making it quite nice to use from a standing height.
This is probably the main selling point of this log cutter, we loved that you can cut wood without bending down each time.
The power is pretty good. We found that most dry and wet woods could be split, however, sometimes the machine would have a little trouble cutting wood with heavy knots in it. Still, the motor is rated at 1800W so it’s a more than capable machine.
Overall, we were impressed by the stand, reasonably pleased with the power and because the stand is foldable, it’s quite easily stowed in the back of a car or truck.
Pow’ R Kraft 65556 (4 Ton) Review
The Pow 65556 is a neat entry into the more budget end of the home log splitter market.
Even so, it offers up a 1500W motor, up to 10 inches diameter capability (Although it does say 12 inches for easy to cut woods) and is manufactured from steel – keeping the durability up there with the best.
This electric splitter does only offer two handed operation, which could put some people off. However, we found during testing that the Pow’ R Kraft was quite easy to use and had enough power to get through most woods, wet or dry.
This splitter is great if you’re using it for logs under 16″ in diameter and less than 20″ long. For bigger sizes (and tougher wooods like hickory) you will need something with a bit more power.
Still, the price of this Pow’ R Kraft reflects this, and if you don’t need industrial power it’s a great choice.
YARDMAX YS0552 Electric Log Splitter (5 Ton) Review
Something we really love about this one is it’s good to go as soon as it arrives. There isn’t any complicated assembly required, it works off a standard power mains and you don’t need to buy any hydraulic fluid for it. Just plug it in and get to work!
The really surprising thing (for the price) is the thought that has gone into this design.The assembled stand height means you don’t need to bend over as with other splitters and the attached log tray also helps save your back. This makes it ideal if you’ve previously been using an axe or a maul and need something reliable to take over.
Another great feature that makes things easier (and safer) is it has a self returning stroke arm. Just remember to keep the vent valve open.
The only drawback with the Yardmax is pretty hefty at 100 lbs. If your wood pile is up hill it will probably take two to get it there. It does have 7″ wheels so flat surfaces are less of a problem.
For the price, we have absolutely no hesitation in saying this is the best electric log splitter for the money in 2018.
Powerhouse XM-580 (9 Ton) Review
We finish our round-up with a real industrial powerhouse. (Excuse the Pun!)
This Powerhouse log splitter is an extremely solid beast with a motor that could easily rival gas log cutters for power.
At 9 Tons weight rating, this is an absolute beast when splitting wood. We found that it cut through all types of logs without any hesitation at all. Even hardwoods and dense timber was no match at all for the Powerhouse cutter and given the choice, it’s what most of our testers would use on a daily basis.
The sheer power is also matches on the quality side too. The frame, power buttons and levers are absolutely solid and the wheels so give it a degree of manoeuvrability. Even some of our testers who swore by gas log cutters were impressed and this splitter has given them some pause for thought.
Again, as you’ll probably guess, the main downside is the price. Yet we would rate this machine as so good it almost falls into low end commercial cutting, such is the quality of the machine.
If you have the cash, lot’s of wood to split and you want the best electric log splitter, this is the one!